Takeaways from Accessibility Sessions at All-Campus IT Conference

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Last week I attended the IT All-Campus Conference at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There were a number of tracks attendees could take and I chose the Accessibility route.

Here’s a random assortment of takeaways from the Accessibility track:

  • Accessibility is about access, not disability.
  • Making site accessibly a priority makes the site better for everyone
  • How does your website perform for a student studying for his finals?
  • How does your website look when it’s printed?
  • Get in line with A, then AA, then AAA
  • The way I see my website is not the way you see my website.
  • Students shut off images to save data on their plan.
  • Have you looked at your website with a color blindness simulator?
  • If you say required fields will be red and the user can’t see red, you need to do it a different way.
  • high contrast, and large fonts to address cataracts.
  • add whitespace for glaucoma patients.
  • Provide transcripts as they are mandatory. Make sure your captions match the audio, not just a script that has been prepared ahead of time.
  • 75 char or less in line length. Increase line height to 1 and a half height.
  • Space out navigation on mobile.
  • Turn your pdfs into webpages so they can be read by screenreaders.
  • Not all devices can read PDFs.
  • Skip links are required for repetitive navigation.
  • Users don’t want to have to read through the same thing every time if they are already aware of the navigation structure.
  • Add label tags to all of your forms
  • Don’t use click here wording, update it to the verb that states what it is doing.
  • If linking to PDF, share in the link text that this is headed for a PDF.
  • Listen to a website by skipping through the headings. Section the content up this way.
  • Make site navigable by keyboard only!

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Author: David Neely

Professional Software Developer. Technology and Web Coordinator at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Career Center.